Baumgartner Grounded As Red Bull Stratos Skydive Is Delayed

Felix Baumgartner will have to bide his time before attempting his record-breaking skydive from the edge of space, at a potentially blood-boiling altitude of 120,000 feet – three times the height of a cruising jetliner.

Originally due to lift off at approximately 2pm UK-time yesterday, the flight was delayed repeatedly and eventually aborted due to adverse weather conditions.

The Austrian plans to ascend into the stratosphere in a capsule lifted by a large helium baloon, before exiting and plummeting back to Earth with only a pressure suit as protection from the lethally thin air and speeds exceeding 700 miles per hour.

Red Bull, who sponsored his previous successful jump from 96,000 feet, are again backing the challenge, and cautiously tweeted earlier today:

“Red Bull Stratos Meteorologist Don Day is currently meeting with the team to discuss possible weather windows for this week.”

If Baumgartner completes the jump, he will break the previous record high-altitude jump of 102,000 feet, made in 1960 by Joseph Kittinger, who is now himself an advisor on the project.

He will also become the first human being to break the sound barrier without any means of mechanical propulsion.

2 Responses

  1. V good but tell us more about Felix

  2. Thanks. I intend to give this a little edit tomorrow to tweak a few things with it.

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